You remember all those action movie finales when the hero or heroes run out of the building or evil villain’s lair, right ahead of an explosion, collapseĀ  or other such catastrophe? Well that’s the starting point of Canabalt, a free flash online browser game with only one control, the jump button.

Your dude is in a hurry, and he’s not stopping for anything, so your task is to make sure he jumps over, through and across all the obstacles on his mad dash along the rooftops of his city. A city that, judging by the cleverly made background graphics, seems to be under attack by some sort of alien force of giant mechas and zooming spaceships. In your path you’ll find, aside from normal obstacles such as leaps between buildings, containersĀ  and glass windows, collapsing buildings, unexploded missiles and terrified flocks of birds (Not actually an obstacle, more like ambiance, but they can distract you)

here’s a tip – the non lethal obstacles will help you by slowing your mad dash down a little to more manageable proportions. However two obstacles in a row will probably rob you of too much momentum and you’ll end up plummeting to your death or faceplanting on a window.

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Oh yeah, did I forget to mention? The skyline is randomly generated so no two runs of cananbalt will be the same, so there’s no point in trying to learn the jumps, it’s only going to change the next time around.